The current generation of Subaru’s famous compact crossover has been around for a couple of years. Knowing the usual production cycle of most Subaru models, each generation lasts for about five years. The 2022 Subaru Forester will represent the fourth production year of the current generation, and that’s the time when the Japanese manufacturer brings bigger updates. This will be a mid-cycle update and it will bring mostly visual changes.
The testing model has already been spotted on the road and it wears a bit of camouflage. Therefore, it’s not hard to presume that most of this mid-cycle update will be about visual changes. Other than that, we might see some tweaks on the inside, as well as additions in terms of standard equipment. On the other side, the engine lineup will probably remain the same, despite that some sources suggest a new turbocharged version in the offer. Considering the updates, the 2022 Subaru Forester will probably arrive a little bit earlier than usual, but still sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Subaru Forester Redesign
As we already mentioned, this update will mostly be about a facelift. Therefore, count on a decent number of visual changes. The testing model has already been spotted on the road and it wears some camouflage. Still, knowing Subaru’s usual policy, it’s hard to believe that these visual changes would be significant, as the massive camouflage would suggest. Most likely, the headlights will remain the same, at least when it comes to the external shape. On the other side, we might see a new grille as well as a new front bumper. The rest of the vehicle would probably remain the same, though we certainly count on things like new wheels and color options.
Some sources also suggest a new appearance package, which would make this small SUV look more off-roady. This would probably mean the utilization of black plastics on the grille and in other typical areas, along with blacked wheels and similar details that would make this crossover look bulky. On the other side, we don’t expect any mechanical changes for the 2022 Subaru Forester.
On the other side, the inside of the 2022 Subaru Forester should be any different compared to the current model. Subaru rarely makes bigger interior changes during production cycles, so this one shouldn’t be an exception. Still, we may see some new materials and color schemes in the offer.
The overall design will remain the same, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The current model is still quite fresh and looks pretty nice from the insider. The overall build quality is pretty impressive, while the materials are pretty fine as well.
As the overall design is about to remain the same, the amount of interior space won’t change either. You may count on two spacious rows of seats, which are both capable of accommodating adults with ease. The cargo area also offers some pretty impressive numbers for the class. You may count on about 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 76.1 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
Of course, novelties in this aspect will certainly come. At this point, we cant talk about details but we definitely count on some additions to the list of standard equipment. Still, we have to say that the current model is already quite decent in this aspect, as it comes with goodies like automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and four-speaker. Potential candidates for the list of standard equipment can be found on the current list of options, which includes goodies like dual-zone climate control, push-button start, panoramic sunroof, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two additional USB ports etc.
2022 Subaru Forester Engine
Things under the hood are about to remain the same. Some sources suggested the possibility of a turbo-four option but it looks like that won’t happen. The 2022 Subaru Forester will carry on with just one engine option in the offer, a familiar 2.5-liter, which puts out around 182 horsepower and comes coupled with a CVT gearbox. The power seems decent and would satisfy most drivers. However, we would definitely love to see something more powerful paired with the company’s famous AWD system.
This engine is pretty good in terms of fuel economy. You may count on 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is above average for the class and even more impressive if we consider the standard all-wheel drive.
2022 Subaru Forester Release Date and Price
The 2022 Subaru Forester should hit the market sometime in the second half of 2021. We don’t expect significant price changes, so base models should go around 25.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors will be models like Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Mazda CX-5 etc.